Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War in the Words of Those Who Were There

Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War in the Words of Those Who Were There

by Hugh McManners


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Often referred to as a forgotten war, the Falklands conflict was, in actual fact, the first war of the modern age, using satellite surveillance, night observation devices, and all the very latest weaponry military technology had to offer. It was also the first real media war—the public's perception of this far-off conflict mediated by what they saw on their television screens and read in their newspapers. Drawing upon the vast resources of the Imperial War Museum's Sound Archive, and containing previously unpublished material, this work presents the first complete oral history of the Falklands War. From the initial invasion of the islands to the British landings to the Argentinean surrender and its aftermath, the book is a unique and essential chronicle of the conflict from all sides and perspectives, told in the participants' own voices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780091908805
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Forgotten Voices Series
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.62(d)

About the Author

Hugh McManners was a captain with the Special Boat Squadron during the Falklands War. He is now a documentary producer and freelance writer.

Table of Contents

Map     viii
Author's Preface     xi
Author's Acknowledgements     xv
Introduction   Sir Max Hastings     1
Fatal Miscalculations     3
Mixed Messages and Wishful Thinking     7
Liberation Day     21
Immediate Action     32
Demonstrations of Serious Intent     47
Vida En Las Islas Malvinas     61
Sun Tans and Rifle Oil     87
Racing South     100
The Killing Begins     113
First Blood     116
Total Exclusion     128
Sinking the Belgrano     147
The Argentines Strike Back     158
Softening Up     173
Fighting for the Falklands     189
Landing in Bomb Alley     191
Sacrificing Pawns     220
London Needs Good News     235
Moral Domination     255
A Brand New Ship     287
Disaster at Fitzroy Roads     303
Getting On With It     334
Doing the Business     347
Footsore and Ruthless     350
Night Killing     367
Fire Power     387
A Need for Honour     417
Epilogue     448
Glossary     460
Index of Contributors     463
General Index     466

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